1793 NYC liquor licence for Edwards Sands, signed by Mayor Varick

Edward Sands, of the Fifth Ward in NYC, is being granted a licence to have an Inn or Tavern in his house for 1 year, at a cost of 50 pounds.

City of New York
BE IT REMEMBERED that on the Fourth Day of March in the year One thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Three, before me RICHARD VARICK, Esquire, Mayor of the said City, personally appeared Edward Sands of the fifth Ward…carpenter and acknowledged himself to be indebted to the People of the State of New York in the sun of Fifty Pounds…
Whereas the said Edward Sands on the Day of the Date hereof hath obtained a Licence to keep an Inn or Tavern for retailing strong ot spirituous Liquors in his Dwelling-House, in the said City, from the Date of the said Licence until the first Day of March next.
...That if the said Edward Sands do not, during the Time that he shall keep an Inn or Tavern, keep a disorderly Inn or Tavern, or suffer or permit any Cock-fighting, Gaming, or Playing with Card or Dice, or keep any Billiard-Table, or other Gaming-Table, or Shuffle-Board….
Before me,
Rich. Varick

Three horizontal folds. Paper has toning. Some small paper nicks. On back, tape added to reinforce edges of folds.

13” x 8 “ 


 Richard Varick Mayor NYC

Richard Varick (1753 – 1831) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 2nd Attorney General of New York and the 45th Mayor of New York City.

At the outset of the American Revolution, he was studying law at King's College (the former name of Columbia University) in New York City. He suspended his studies and became a captain in the militia. On June 28, 1775, he was appointed captain of the 1st New York Regiment. He served under General Philip Schuyler in various posts until after the Battle of Saratoga when he was appointed inspector-general of West Point

At West Point, he became an aide to General Benedict Arnold. Although he was no longer serving in this capacity when Arnold defected to the British, Varick, along with David Franks, was arrested. The two were subsequently cleared by a court of inquiry. After the West Point incident, Varick served under General George Washington as private secretary until the end of the war.

Varick was Recorder of New York from 1784 to 1789, and New York State Attorney General from 1788 to 1789. He was Mayor of New York City from 1789 to 1801


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